Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Upcoming Exhibition: Tian Tian Xiang Shang Conceptual Comics By Danny Yung

Comic Arts Exhibition:
31st July – 29th August 2008

Opening Reception:
Thursday 31st July 2008, 7:30pm

Kay Ngee Tan Architects-
Gallery 16-17 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089600
Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 11am-7pm

Kay Ngee Tan Architects Gallery is pleased to present 30th July- comic arts exhibition by artist, Danny Yung. They are other guest artists included Vivienne Tam, Tsui Hark, Alice Mak, Anothermountainman, Craig Au yeung, Choi Yan Chi, Kan Tai Keung, Douglas Young and Siuhak.

Danny Yung was born in Shanghai, China in 1943. At the age of five, he moved with his family to Hong Kong. After finishing secondary school, he went to the United States, attended the University of California at Berkeley and obtained a bachelor's degree in architecture. He went to graduate school at Columbia University afterwards, where he studied urban planning and earned a master's degree in urban design. Then he returned to Hong Kong in the late 1970's and began his life-long devotion in all aspects of the arts, including experimental films, cartoons, conceptual art, installation, video and performing arts. He founded the avant-garde arts collective Zuni Icosahedron in 1982 and became its artistic director since 1985.

Creative Productions

In the past 20 years, he has been involved in over 100 theatrical productions as director, scriptwriter, producer and stage designer. His "Journey to the East" series, "Two or Three Things" series, "Hundred Years of Solitude" series and "Deep Structure of Chinese Culture" series were staged in many countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Belgium, Germany, England and the United States. His recent "Four Grand Inventions" was staged in Hong Kong and Berlin in 2000. His experimental films and video works were also shown in the 1980's in Berlin, New York, London, Rotterdam, Tokyo and Hong Kong. His installation work was selected in 1999 for INSIDE/OUT: New Chinese Art by the Asia Society in New York to be exhibited in museums across the United States, together with works by 55 other Chinese artists. His latest solo exhibition "Tree‧Man" was held at the Hong Kong Cattle Depot Artist Village in November 2003. In 2007, “Tian Tian Xiang Shang – Danny Yung’s Conceptual Comic Exhibition” was held in 1933 Creative Space during the Shanghai International Creative Industry Weeks.

Cultural Exchange

Beginning in 1997, Yung has initiated several important cultural and arts networks. Among them are the Asia Arts Net and the Hong Kong-Taipei-Shenzhen-Shanghai City-to-City Cultural Exchange Conference. Yung was the ex-Chairperson of the International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD), and hosted the Shanghai biennial international conference in 2005. Yung is also an Executive Committee Member and the Hong Kong regional chairperson of the Conference of Asian Foundations and Organizations, which promotes the third sector in 11 cities in Asia.

In 1997 Yung organized Munich–Hong Kong Joint Cultural Conference. In 2000, Yung organized the Festival of Vision — an 11-week program of cross-cultural festivals and conferences held in Berlin and Hong Kong. The festivals involved 1,000 artists and cultural practitioners from 35 cities in Asia and Europe. In 2001, with the support of Ford’s Foundation of New York, he directed the formation of a tri-yearly World Culture Forum Alliance, planning global cultural research programs.

Yung is currently the International Consultant of the UN Consultant System (UNCS) of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, the Roaster Chairperson of the World Cultural Forum, the Asia Pacific Alliance Chairperson of the Hong Kong–Taipei–Shenzhen–Shanghai City-to-City Cultural Exchange Conference and the Vice President of the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network.

Policy, Research, Planning and Education Yung is always giving a close watch on the arts and cultural development in Hong Kong as well as in the Asia Pacific regions. Beginning from 1987, Yung has set up a ‘Hong Kong Cultural Policy Study Group’ at Zuni Icosahedron, organizing a series of art and culture policy discussions. It generated an independent research and an in depth reviews depending on the concerns from the cultural groups according to the cultural policy of the Hong Kong government. In addition, Yung has delivered a set of significant reports in relation to ‘In Search of Culture Policy’.

In 1995, under Yung’s proposal, Hong Kong Arts and Development Council (ADC) established, Yung became a founding member responsible for the establishment of art policies in Hong Kong and chaired the Arts Education team. Yung was reappointed as the member of ADC in 2000. Yung was also a former part-time member of the Central Policy Unit (CPU) — a Hong Kong Government think tank — closely in relation to the creative education, creative economy, creative city and creative interaction of the fundamental development and policy research. He is now a policy consultant to various governmental cultural and creative industry entities included the member of the Consultative Committee on the Core Arts and Cultural Facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District, the Hong Kong Copyright Tribunal and one of the board of directors of the Hong Kong Design Centre, which holds the annual Business of Design Week.

Yung is also paying close attention to the local education development, he is currently the Chief Executive of the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, the member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Design, the member of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Lingnan University, Department of Cultural Studies and the member of the Advisory Board of the University of Hong Kong, Centre for Civil Society and Governance.